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Asmol

Hi, I wonder sometimes if I am taking too much Asmol, I was recently in hospital with Pneumonia after an exacerbation from Emphysema, I was told to take 6 puffs every four hours while I was in hospital for 3 days. I now take 2 or 3 puffs whenever I need it, maybe 5 times a day and also if I wake during the night with a tight feeling in the chest.

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If you are taking this amount it would be a good idea to have a medications review with your GP or respiratory nurse. You may find another long term inhaler helps you more.

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I also take Seretide and Spiriva.

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Hi

A recent respitory team advice was to take two puffs four times daily, morning, noon, teatime, bedtime and any time in between if needed. Like many others I use the brand name Ventolin which as the same active ingredient.

Is yours a mist inhaler, they often work better with a spacer, which requires less co-ordination between releasing medication and taken a breath.

If you can cut back to the instructions given on your prescription, then you will have plenty in reserve.

You may consider a medication review to make sure you are receiving the best option. It's possible after being hospitalised you may need extra or a different medication.

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Thank you stone-UK, yes it's the same as ventolin and yes I always use a spacer, makes a lot of difference, I have a large one I use at home and a smaller one that fits in my handbag. I'm due to see the specialist soon, see what he has to say. Once I go to PRP and my infection has cleared up I may be able to cut down. Back to square one for the 4th time. Exercising has helped me a lot.

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Do you wait 30 seconds between each inhalation spray? I was told to do this otherwise I'd just be inhaling the propellant . Hope you feel better soon. P

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Good Afternoon peege, Patricia7 here. Thank you for your response, it helps me. I am ok, reading peoples' posts always helps me, it helps me learn, i am 52 ex smoker 7 years now. Thank you Patricia7.

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You know, every doctor nurse or pharmacist tell you different ways of doing it, no wonder we get confused, my lung specialist told me there is no need to wait 30 seconds.

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If you look up the mouthpiece to the hole the spray comes out of, you can watch it defrosting after each spray. So yes, you definitely need to wait.

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